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http://www.wsls.com/servlet/Satelli...rticle&cid=1173353763706&path=!news!localnews

It started with a picture on Facebook and has now created a firestorm of outrage.

Two Penn State students, dressed as Virginia Tech shooting victims, at a Halloween party have enraged people from the Virginia Tech community, as well as the entire country.

10 On Your Side has seen all of the controversial pictures. They are of two Penn State students and are extremely graphic. Both are wearing Virginia Tech t-shirts and elaborate make-up. Both have bullet holes in their bodies.

Our decision not to show you the pictures is a result of our desire to be sensitive to a community that is still grieving. We also want to show respect to the shooting victims, their families, and their friends. Showing these pictures would serve no purpose.

We talked with one of the students who wore the costume. He said the outfits were worn to a small party and meant to be private.

"It's not that it was funny, it's that we are notorious and infamous in the state college, so we have to do things that push the envelope just for shock value," he said.

Penn State officials were quick to respond to the costumes.

"We are appalled that these individuals would display this level of insensitivity, indifference, and lack of common decency and sense by dressing up in this manner," the school said.

"The fact that one of these individuals is actually from Virginia, makes it even more difficult to understand. Just because something is within the bounds of the Constitution and free speech, does not mean it should be undertaken. We certainly condemn these ugly and senseless actions. Most Penn Staters are as offended by this as anyone from Virginia Tech would be-- and rightfully so. These two people do not represent 90,000 Penn State students. They represent themselves."

After seeing the pictures, a Virginia Tech student created a Facebook group called, "People Against This Costume." Some of the upset members have left threatening messages to the Penn State students.

"This is a group of college students who now think it's trendy to be upset about their friends being killed," one of the two Penn State students who wore the costume said. "I don't know what they teach people in Virginia Tech, but at Penn State we don't learn to threaten people with murder to teach them that murdering is wrong."

He goes on to defend the pictures.

"The thing is, everybody's making a big stink about Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech was 32 deaths out of the 26 thousand that happen in America everyday," he said. "That's the problem with college students. They all live in an ivory tower of privilege. They don't understand, when it all boils down to it, it's someone wearing a costume."

Reaction from Tech students and Blacksburg residents was disgust.

"That somebody would have the nerve to mock [the victims]. They were really good people," said local business owner, Carol Gwin.

Gwin knew three of the victims in the shootings and considered them cherished friends.
 

seeinred

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That doesn't really seem all that elaborate from the picture. These guys had to know they were going to get in trouble for this. The guy saying that the murders were no big deal because so many people die every day is an idiot. It was stupid for him to do it, but as they pointed out he has a right to, he'll just have to face the consequences now.
 

Plunkies

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Hysterical. That guy rules.

Random VT Douche : "How dare you? I'm disgusted!"

Costume guy : "Deal with it faggot."
 

gleet

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Tragedy plus time equals funny.
 

LiddyRules

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What about my Christmas costume of a moppy hair, emo glasses, rifle, Omaha shirt and a picture of Santa with a target on his face?
 

thrawn42

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People who are easily offended are douches.

The school is going to condemn these kids for bad taste?

How about a real intellectual authority condemns Penn State for their stupidity.
 

BravoSierra

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Gotta go "against the grain" on this one. I'll be the faggot and say it. People are still coping over whatever loss they had over this. And the victims don't exactly have a voice. Seeing it rubbed in their face kinda sucks. BUT! These families would have never known it happened had it never been reported. So I also blame the news. I find it tasteless. Even over time it's still tasteless. Thinking up the idea would be funny, but actually doing it is fucking wrong.

Edit: Should these guys suffer any consequences? Fuck no.
 

Plunkies

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The lives lost in that shooting were worth no more than any other life. If you don't find it funny, move the fuck on. If making fun of one dead person is wrong then it's ALWAYS wrong. Anything else is hypocrisy.

People love being outraged and they love feeling morally superior. Yay! Lets all wag our fingers and feel better about ourselves! Anything to keep from looking inward I suppose.
 

seeinred

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The lives lost in that shooting were worth no more than any other life. If you don't find it funny, move the fuck on. If making fun of one dead person is wrong then it's ALWAYS wrong. Anything else is hypocrisy.

People love being outraged and they love feeling morally superior. Yay! Lets all wag our fingers and feel better about ourselves! Anything to keep from looking inward I suppose.
It is wrong on a certain level. Some people can't handle having the dearly departed mocked. A lot of things are stupid to get offended by, but this isn't one of them. Obviously they shouldn't get in any trouble, but what they did was absolutely in poor taste.
 

Plunkies

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It is wrong on a certain level. Some people can't handle having the dearly departed mocked. A lot of things are stupid to get offended by, but this isn't one of them. Obviously they shouldn't get in any trouble, but what they did was absolutely in poor taste.
Of course it's wrong. That's what makes it outrageous, and the outrageousness is what makes it funny. Besides, everything is wrong on a certain level. It's meaningless. They went to a private party, not a Virginia Tech gathering. Anyone who found themselves offended by the costume went out of their way to do so.
 

Capt.Caveman

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Gotta go "against the grain" on this one. I'll be the faggot and say it. People are still coping over whatever loss they had over this. And the victims don't exactly have a voice. Seeing it rubbed in their face kinda sucks. BUT! These families would have never known it happened had it never been reported. So I also blame the news. I find it tasteless. Even over time it's still tasteless. Thinking up the idea would be funny, but actually doing it is fucking wrong.

Edit: Should these guys suffer any consequences? Fuck no.
yea your a faggot:action-sm
 

weakside

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Lack of class and not that funny, but having questionable taste should never be a punishable act.
 
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sure it's tasteless, but I'm sure the offended could find the power... somewhere, somehow, to ignore it. They may realize that they're better off doing that. Getting offended and stirring shit up is like picking scabs.
 

Stormrider666

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Have Virgina Tech play Penn State in football, in Blacksburg. VT will destroy them on the field, problem solved. Then have the students who dressed up, clean up the stadium.